What follows is an abstract based on our experience of what artists have been telling us over the last few years:
'I am a freelance artist who is privileged to have had access to high quality arts education and training, and I am able to work regularly in the commercial and educational sectors.
I know that the arts can have an enhancing effect on people’s lives.
I am fortunate to have had some experience of working with vulnerable groups, delivering an arts programme which created an environment like no other. Witnessing the change in people who started out with little or no self-confidence was a powerful lesson in what the arts can do, and what people can achieve, given the right support.
I would like to work in a prison or with other marginalised people - but I don’t want to be an employee - I need to retain my flexibility, my freelance status. I need to work in partnership with an organisation that is well-connected, with a knowledge of the system that can find work for me.
I know I have the ability to deliver artistic programmes of the highest quality, but I am aware that I need to develop my skills and gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing prisoners and other marginalised groups if my work is to have any long-term effect.
I recognise the need for administrative support so that I can focus on delivery. Working with vulnerable groups requires insurance, Criminal Records clearance, Child Protection policies, codes of practice, things which I simply don’t have the time or the knowledge to manage.
I want to work with and learn from other artists with experience in this field and I need access to the right equipment and educational materials so that I can realise my ideas.'
Escape Artists provides individual artists with the services and support they need:
- Accreditation for your education programmes
- CRB clearance
- Contracts & insurance management
- Materials & equipment
- Administrative support
- Professional development
- Access to teaching materials
- Current information & policies
- Consistent employment
- Stimulating & challenging working environment
- Access to artistic networks
We match artists and their unique skills with the right client group and we facilitate and support access for the artist to continued work opportunities in the sector.
If you are interested in working with us, please fill in our Online Questionnaire before calling us.
More information on training for artists who wish to work in the area of arts and social inclusion can be found here.